Wednesday, October 07, 2015
Bright Futures Joplin coordinator: I won't join Turner in the mud pit
She probably should have rechecked what she wrote before commenting on my page since that is exactly what she said in her comment, in which she spent an entire paragraph saying what was wrong with the people of Joplin, or at least the people in Joplin who do not see Bright Futures the same way she does.
What bothers me in Joplin is that people have their minds so made up that they aren't willing to come to the table with an openness to listening. I have been guilty of that in the past, but no more. We are BETTER TOGETHER, and it's time for the people of Joplin to stop firing arrows and start coming to the table with solutions and a willingness to listen and learn. But I can promise I have never "made up" a child or a story, nor will I ever. I will not play the hate mongering game that has been a part of the Joplin culture for the last year. You can spend all your time placing blame, or you can spend your time finding solutions. I, for one, choose to work for solutions. The invitation is open to all who are willing to listen, learn, and grow together to join in.
This is her Facebook response:
I love that I never said that. Makes a good headline though, right? What I said was that I think every voice deserves to be heard. EVERY voice. However we must not only speak, but also LISTEN. That was my point. My commitment to myself in even choosing to respond on The Turner Report was that I refuse to get in the weeds of hate mongering. This post does exactly that - villainize me for disagreeing with you. As I have said many times over, feel free to disagree - that makes us better! But at least have the decency to do so in a fair, respectful fashion. This headline & posture is a far cry from that. So...my earlier statement remains. I will answer honest questions, but I won't be joining you in the mud pit.